Cape Town - India captain Virat Kohli believes his side's good work this year will mean nothing without an ICC trophy to their name.
But despite this, they have not tasted triumph in a global tournament
since lifting the 2013 Champions Trophy under Mahendra Singh Dhoni and
exited this year's 50-overs World Cup with a semi-final defeat to New
Zealand despite topping the group stage.
"Well, it's been one of the best years for Indian cricket, to be
honest, apart from playing the cricket that we played for half an hour
in the World Cup," Kohli said at the presentation ceremony on Sunday
after India's series win against West Indies.
"I think apart from that it's been a beautiful year for us. We'll
keep chasing that ICC trophy, it's something that this team deserves,
it's something that I feel should be an accumulation of all the hard
work we've done in the last few years, and we'll keep chasing it.
"We'll have that vision in place, but I think apart from that, the
way we've played, the brand of cricket, it's been wonderful to be a part
India will get their next opportunity to end the wait at the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia next year.
Kohli's limited-overs deputy, Rohit Sharma, will be a vital cog in
the wheel for that campaign after finishing 2019 with 2 442 runs across
formats, the most by an opening batsman in a calendar year.
The right-handed batsman, who scored seven ODI centuries in 2019
including five during the World Cup in England, was adjudged the player
of the series against West Indies, which India won 2-1 after their
victory in the last ODI by four wickets on Sunday.
"I should be grateful of the year I've had. A World Cup victory there
would've been nice," Rohit said. "But as a team, we played some good
cricket throughout the year whether in red-ball cricket or white ball
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